by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Jessica Breaux

Baked with Gramma’s Love

entrepreneur_chamberlin2When Terry Chamberlin retired from her career as an executive assistant for a local software company, she had a strong desire to continue working in one form or another. After supporting her daughter for a time in a hair salon venture, Terry decided to become an entrepreneur herself. “The concept of Gramma in a Box is actually the perfect marriage between my love for baking cookies, and my love of being a Gramma. I have created a monthly subscription box which is very cost-effective and allows parents or grandparents to have a fun activity every month,” explained Terry. She develops the concept for each month’s box – some months are centered on a holiday theme and others focus on themes such as sports and nature. Terry does all the baking and orders all of the supplies for each box. According to Terry, each box also includes detailed step-by-step instructions.

The idea of Gramma in a Box came to Terry as she was making a care package for her grandchildren in Seattle. The package contained homemade cookies, along with frosting and sprinkles. Terry wanted her grandchildren to experience the joy of decorating the cookies themselves, and know that the cookies were baked with love. Terry pitched the idea of a subscription box containing cookies and activities to friends and family, and after receiving an overwhelming amount of positive feedback, Gramma in a Box was born. She now sends love from Gramma to children all over the U.S.! Terry hopes to expand her business to include birthday themed boxes, college student boxes, and more.

Name: Terry Chamberlin
Profession: Founder, Gramma in a Box
Description of Business: Monthly subscription box filled with cookies to decorate (including frosting and sprinkles) along with two easy candy crafts for kids of all ages
Community: Shadowridge, Vista
Hobbies & Interests: Baking, grandchildren, cake decorating, volunteering, Jazzercising
Favorite Local Spots: Moonlight Amphitheatre – we’ve been taking friends and family to plays every summer for more than 30 years!

entrepreneur_chamberlin1In her spare time, Terry enjoys crafting, knitting, candy making, cake decorating, and baking. “I can’t sit quietly – I love to be busy! I even took a semester-long cake decorating class at Palomar College when my first grandchild was born so I could whip out Disney princess cakes for birthday parties,” exclaimed Terry. She is known for baking cakes for friends and family and enjoys the challenge of trying new things.

Terry and her husband George, a well-known radio and television personality, are long-time San Diego residents, having lived in San Marcos since 1973 and Vista since 2005. They have two grown children, four grandchildren, and a dog. They love living on the golf course at Shadowridge and seeing plays during the summer months at Moonlight Amphitheatre.